The Alpacka Ranger is the solo/ one person plus+ version of the Forager, with a slightly scaled down design it still has plenty of room for all of your extra gear, a child or four legged friend. Originally designed for hunters and fisherman the Ranger with its stable self bailing floor is the perfect packraft for adventures where maximum comfort and easy paddling with plenty of extra space are desired.
Want a bit more space and capacity than the Mule, but don’t need the two person size and weight of the Forager? The Ranger is built just for you! Alpacka took the design of the Forager and scaled it down to make it more comfortable and easier to paddle for the solo paddler. But it still has plenty of space for all of your gear for a multi-week river trip. It’s also a great boat for bringing kids up to age 10 before they want to do their own paddling.
While the self bailing floor can handle Class III whitewater, we recommend a more maneuverable model like the Gnarwhal for whitwater focused river trips.
The Ranger is also the perfect river based solo hunting and fishing packraft. At under 5.5kgs, its light enough to be backpacked into a remote river but offers plenty of carrying capacity for medium to large big game like caribou, deer, elk, and sheep or bringing along the dog on an upland or waterfowl hunt. The extra space also makes it great for carrying rods on river fishing trips.
The Ranger is available in Alpackas proprietary 210D Nylon in Red and Cedar Green or 420D Nylon in Cedar Green for those seeking a heavier more durable fabric option.
Alpacka Ranger - Best use:
1+ person whitewater raft and touring
Whitewater up to class 3
Exploration, micro adventures
Expeditions, geocaching for 1+ persons
Great family packraft for fun at the lake, sea and on the river
Lightweight 1+ person + gear packraft and sailing boat dingy
Alpacka Ranger - Features:
Manufacturing: Hand made by Alpacka Raft in Mancos, Colorado, USA
Attachments: 4 bow grab loops, 1 bow handle, 4 stern grab loops, 2 stern strap plates, and 4 lightweight D-rings on sides for lashing cargo.
Seating: Full length inflatable floor, lace in paddler seat, and inflatable back rest.
Build Configurations: Self Bailing
Cargo Fly: Standard (Internal dry bags sold separately)
Includes: Inflation Bag, Stuff Sack, and Basic Repair Kit. T Zip lube is included with boats that come with a Cargo Fly
Alpacka Forager - Materials:
Hull: Proprietary high count nylon, Red and Cedar 210-denier, and Cedar 420-denier hull options , single side laminated with a pigmented polyurethane film (Made in USA).
Floor: Proprietary 840-denier ballistics nylon, laminated on both sides with polyurethane film (Made in USA).
Seating: 200-denier oxford nylon and 210-denier high count nylons, with proprietary polyurethane films (Made in USA).
Accessories: All grab loops and similar attachments are manufactured by Alpacka Raft in Mancos, Colorado out of scrap floor materials and USA made webbing. Small parts and fasteners are Made in USA, when available, and sourced from industry leaders like Duraflex, YKK, and ITW-Nexus
Alpacka Ranger - Build Configurations:
Self Bailing: The Forager is available only in a self-bailing configuration.
Cargo Fly Zipper: The Cargo Fly internal storage system comes standard on the Ranger. Internal dry bags may be purchased separately. The Cargo Fly features an airtight zipper installed in the stern of the boat to allow you to store your gear inside the tubes. The system provides drier and more secure gear storage and improved paddling performance due to a lower center of gravity.
Alpacka Ranger - Size & Specifications:
Exterior Length - 284cm
Exterior Width - 104cm
Interior Length - 149cm
Interior Width - 41cm
Weight* - 4580 to 5130grams
Packed Size** - 46x25cm
Max Capacity*** 340kgs
*Weight includes all components except inflation bag and repair kit.
**Packed size is a reference measurement based on folding each lengthwise edge of the boat to the center and rolling from the bow. There are many other methods of rolling and folding the boats that will result in a different packed size that may be more or less efficient for packing depending on the situation.
***Max Capacity is the maximum total weight (paddlers and cargo) that the boat can reasonably carry in flatwater under ideal conditions. Actual capacity for any given trip will vary widely based on the paddler’s skill and water conditions. Please review our weight carrying capacity guide for further details.